**Math 131 -
College Algebra**

**Joliet**** Junior College**

**Joliet****, Illinois**

**Instructor:** Michael Sullivan **Phone:** (815) 280-7706

**E-mail:** msulliva@jjc.edu **Office:
**06 North Campus

**Office Hours: **MW 7:30
am 8:00 am

MW 3:10 pm 4 pm

T 11:30 am 1:30 pm

By
Appointment

**Prerequisite:** Satisfactory Placement test score or grade of
C in Math 098 and Math 095 or equivalent.

**Text:** __College Algebra Enhanced with Graphing
Utilities ,__ 5th Edition by
Michael Sullivan and Michael Sullivan, III; Prentice Hall, 2009.

**MyMathLab: **MyMathLab Access Kit. This program generates as
many homework problems as you wish. It can provide full solutions of the
problem and helpful hints. There are also videos of me doing sample problems
for you. This program will be used to
deliver your homework. You can watch videos to help get you acclimated to
MyMathLab at

http://www.jjc.edu/dept/math/sullivan/video_tutorials_for_mymathlab.htm

The
MyMathLab course ID for our class is sullivan13283

**Graphing Calculator:** A graphing calculator is required for the
course with a TI83 Plus or TI84 Plus recommended. If you wish, you may rent a TI83 from the
math department. See me if you wish to
rent a TI83.

**Course Description: **Topics from beginning and intermediate algebra are
reviewed and expanded. Additional topics
are developed which will prepare the student to successfully pursue more
advanced courses in mathematics:
polynomial functions of higher degree, rational functions, conic sections,
matrices, arithmetic and geometric progressions, mathematical induction,
permutations and combinations, and the Binomial Theorem.

**Topical Outline of the
Course:**

Graphs

Linear
and Quadratic Functions

Functions
and Their Graphs

Polynomial
and Rational Functions

Exponential
and Logarithmic Functions

Systems
of Equations and Inequalities

Sequences;
Induction; The Binomial Theorem

Permutations
and Combinations

**Attendance: **Attendance is absolutely essential in order to
succeed in this course. Therefore,
attendance will be taken daily. If a
class is missed, it is your responsibility to determine the material that was
covered.

**MyMathLab Homework:** MyMathLab is a program that contains
algorithmically generated homework based on problems from the text. Here is how
you should use the program:

- Read the section you
are working on (you could read the textbook online using the Multimedia
Textbook). Watch the Camtasia Lectures located
at http://www3.jjc.edu/staff/msullivan/links/M131/Videos/classroom_videos_for_college_alg.htm
These
videos are also available in the Multimedia Library in MyMathLab.
There are also Section Lecture Videos located in the Multimedia Library in
MyMathLab.
- If you like, attempt
some of the homework problems assigned from the text. These problems can
be located in the Assignments folder (in Angel).
- Click the Do Homework
tab in MyMathLab. Click on the link
of the section homework you are working on. Now click on the link of the first
exercise to be assigned. Notice on
the right side, you can print the entire assignment out. I recommend that
you do this, work the problems using paper and pencil, and come back to
the assignment after you have done the homework to enter your
answers. If you get a problem
wrong, MyMathLab will allow you to change your answer until it is correct.
This is the beauty of the program the homework is to help you (and your
grade).

There
are a total number of 200 points available for homework. If you complete 90% of the online homework,
you will receive 180 points

**Exams:** There will be four exams administered during
the semester. Each exam is worth 100 points.
If you cannot attend class the day an exam is to be administered, you
must take the exam **prior to **the day
it is scheduled. If you cannot take the
exam prior to the scheduled date, then the final exam will take the place of
the missed exam. In addition to chapter
exams, there will also be a comprehensive final exam worth 150 points. The final exam can be used to replace your
lowest test score.

**Student Conduct:**

All
students are expected to adhere to the rules of student conduct as stated in
the college catalog.

**Important Dates:
**

**Refund Policy**

The
colleges refund policy can be found at

http://www.jjc.edu/new/academics/registration/refund-policy.aspx

**Academic Assistance:** Please feel free to seek
assistance outside of classroom time.
There is free tutoring in the

**Math Lab:** In addition to the

Monday
Friday 8:00 am 2:30
pm

Tuesday
- Thursday 5:00 pm 7:30 pm

The

**Grade Assignment: **The following legend will be used to convert
percentages into letter grades:

__>__ 90% A

** **80 - 89% B

70** - **79% C

60
- 69% D

0 - 59% F

**Tentative Schedule:** The following schedule is subject to change
in order to meet the needs of the class.

**Week Date
Week Begins Assignment**

Week One 1/12 1.1 1.6

Week Two 1/19 1.7;
2.1

Week Three 1/26 2.2 2.3; 3.1 3.2

Week Four 2/2 3.3 3.5

Week Five 2/9 Review; Exam #1; 4.1 4.2

Week Six 2/16 4.3 4.5

Week Seven 2/23 5.1 5.2

Week Eight 3/2 5.3; Review; Exam #2

Week Nine 3/9 5.4 5.5

3/16 Spring
Break

Week
Ten 3/23 6.1 6.2

Week
Eleven 3/30 6.3 6.4

Week
Twelve 4/6 6.5;
Review; Exam #3

Week
Thirteen 4/13 6.6
6.7; 8.1 8.2

Week
Fourteen 4/20 8.4

Week Fifteen 4/27 9. 1 9.3

Week
Sixteen 5/4 Review;
Exam #4 (12/8)

Week
Seventeen 5/11 Final
exam